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Windows 7: Windows 7 Appears to be moving/deleting files

10 Sep 2015   #1

win7 32bit
Windows 7 Appears to be moving/deleting files

I don't know if it is related to windows backup or not but initially when I setup the computer I set an external usb harddrive as the location to perform backups.

I started noticing that with two particular folders the files would occasionally disappear but I could always recover them from the backup location. I checked all the settings but couldn't determine why it would perform the backup and then delete the files after the backup was done. That seems asinine and I can't imagine why that would be default behavior.

The files in these two folders are sometimes used a lot but sometimes can be weeks without being accessed.

So after months of this happening where a few weeks would go by and my files would be gone when I would try to access them, I finally disabled the backup convinced it was related to when those were being done.

Now... it appears that it just deletes the files and because it isn't doing the backup I can't restore them.

Has anyone heard or seen an issue like this where when configuring to perform backups to an external drive, something getting screwed up where the files in the original location are deleted after they are backed up???

Thanks for any ideas...

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10 Sep 2015   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware free just in case.

Perhaps with auditing (may be missing in Home editions) - Use auditing to track who deleted your files | Remote Administration For Windows

You can also try a clean startup - Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
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